Thursday, June 28, 2012

Canada Day Long Weekend Hours

Our Canada Day Long Weekend hours:

Open: Friday & Saturday July 29 & 30 (11am to 6pm)
Closed: Sunday & Monday July 1 & 2. 

Happy Holiday! 

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O Canada! Knits

Happy Canada Day long weekend!  Should you happen to be be feeling patriotic, we've found a few pattern that will get a canuck revved up!  We've also pulled out the all the red, white, ecru & beige yarns we've suggested, so you can pop in and grab 'em on your way out of town (or in town)!

  • 6mm needles
  • Bulky weight yarn 

For fun, try reversing the colours (make white dominant), or substitute a beige for the white for a more vintage look. 

  • Free Pattern
  • 4.5mm needles
  • Worsed/Aran Weight Yarn (only 1 skein needed)

  • Free Pattern
  • 4mm needles
  • DK weight yarn 

  • Free Pattern
  • 3.5mm needles
  • Worsted weight yarn

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yarn Swap July 21st

Next Yarn Swap: July 21st

The next Knit-O-Matic Yarn Swap will be held on Saturday July 21st, from 1 to 4 pm. 

Bring the stuff you don't need, want, or are never going to use, including but not exclusive to yarn, needles, hooks, patterns, books & magazines. Take anything you like from the stuff donated by other people. ALL of the leftover go to charity (StreetknitSilver Circle West Toronto Services for Seniors) and all kinds of donations are welcome (especially the squeakiest of synthetic yarns).  

Attendance is at Yarn Swap is FREE, just drop by! And bring your knitting and stay with us for a  Stitch 'n Bitch!

You can also drop off hand knit or crochet donations for Streetknit and we will pass them along. They make and then donate hand knit/crochet outerwear and blankets to Toronto's street people. Hats, scarves, mitts, socks, and squares are all welcome. 

If you can't attend, but you still want to donate your old knit & crochet materials, you can drop it off at the store in a sealed plastic bag, anytime we are open:

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 11am to 6pm
Wed:  11am to 8pm
Sun:   Closed

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Market Bag Survey: Results!

You may recall several weeks ago we held a fun survey to see which colour you would choose to make a Knit Market Bag. The colours were drawn from Pantone's Spring 2012 Fashion Colour Report, and the pattern was the Ilene Bag, a popular freebie on Ravelry. 

As promised, we made our bag in the popular choice, Tangerine Tango. We used just over 1 skein of Super 10 cotton. If you want to make the strap long, you'll need 2 skeins of the Super 10, but if you are ok with making it a little shorter you can get away with one. Read more about our bag HERE.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Slew of New Studioloo!

We just got a SLEW of new Handspun Art Yarns from Studioloo!  The following are a selection of some of my favourites .... (by the way, the colours aren't entirely accurate, the light was a little strong during photography).

Camel of the Desert & Brunettes Have Fun Too

Bacon 'n Eggs (we have 3 skeins!), Candy Twist, & Many Hands (yup, those are little barbie hands all over the skein)

Jackie O, Honey Blooms, & Candy Harvest (it's sparkly!)

Spices and Treasure, Sunsweets (sparkly), & Sunlit Studio (those are plastic grapes and felted & embroidered balls)

Tea Party Charm, Pod Garden, Happy Fruits (skein has smiley fruits, some have googly eyes), David Attenborough's Hideout (wins prize for best yarn name EVER, plus it is extra gorgeous)

Villains (covered in bits of GI Joes & etc), Little People Land (Fisher Price people), & Bloo (apparently Grover was shorn like a sheep and Cindy spun his fur)

Triumphant Bouquet, Mystic Rock Garden, & Berry Basket

Wonka-Vision & Crayon Box

We also have a pile of Hand Dyed Artisan Sock Yarns from Studioloo

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Closing at 5pm on Friday June 15

We will be closing an hour early on Friday June 15th, sorry for any inconvenience!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Soak Boxes & Handmaid have Arrived!

Soak Boxes  $49.97
The awesome new Soak Boxes have arrived!  Each Soakbox includes:
  • 1 skein of custom hand-dyed yarn by Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport 
  • A unique Fiona Ellis pattern for fingerless gloves   
  • Essie nail polish (matching the yarn)
  • 90ml bottle of new Soak Handmaid luxury hand cream
  • 90ml bottle of Soak in the same scent as the hand cream (new airport-security friendly size) 

You have a choice of 4 colours/scent combinations and different patterns:
  • Red: Soak Celebration, pattern Clark Cable, Essie Poor Lil Rich Girl
  • Taupe: Soak Lacey, pattern Double Pointe Pink, & Essie Mink Muffs
  • Pink: Soak Unscented, pattern Cuff Au Lait, & Essie Prima Ballerina
  • Teal: Soak Aquae, pattern Lace Kelley, & Essie Going Incognito

Your opinion counts! Please take our online survey and tell us which is your favourite Soak Box?  

Soak Handmaid  $9.97
We also have the hand cream that inspired the Soak Boxes! Handmaid is a luxury hand cream from the experts at Soak Wash. Enriched with shea butter, olive oil and vitamins A & E, Handmaid rejuvenates skin and protects overworked hands. The directions are simple: apply sparingly, rub thoroughly, get back to it. Handmaid is designed for knitters, crafters and busy folks who work and play with their hands, and comes in all your favorite Soak scents (Aquae, Lacey, Celebration and Unscented).   

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

New Batch of Fleece Artist Trail Socks

Just arrived, a great big bag of Fleece Artist Trail Socks!  We love Trail Socks, since it's soft, pretty, durable, and very affordable at only $17.97. It's not only a great sock yarn, but it also wonderful for shawls, baby sweaters, and all those neckerchiefs I've spotted you in. 

Here's a small selection of some of our favourite colours from this shipment:

Turkish Delight

Sugar Plum





November Sky

We got a bunch of your other favourite colours in, including berry, topaz, moss, amethyst, smoke, pewter, peacock, aurora, ocean, stardust, and salt spray.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

New Noro Magazine

"Many, many years ago, Eisaku Noro took a leap of faith. Trusting his experience and knowledge, his instincts and determination, he envisioned creating a yarn like no other. So many exuberant entrepreneurial moments like this end without success, but not this one. We can only imagine how hard Mr. Noro worked to market a yarn so overtly individual and carve a growing niche in a hand-knitting market dominated by single-color balls and skeins.

Speaking for the knitters of the world, we say: Bravo, Mr. Noro! Your vision inspires us: We are mesmerized as stitch after stitch forms and falls from our needles. We expect the unexpected, crave the next color, and are often hopelessly addicted. Our editors are voracious Noro knitters, so putting together this magazine has been an exciting experience for us. We congratulate the talented designers who embraced the unique qualities of Noro yarns, experimented with shape and form, color and construction, and created such inspiring results."

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New Magazine Arrivals!

35 Little knits like hats, mitts, shawls, cowls, socks!  Learn entrelac, fair isle, intarsia, lace, cables, dropped stitches, twisted stitches. Take the knitted accessory to new heights with this super-sized special issue of Knitscene. With themed collections, plentiful tutorials, breathtaking photography, interesting features, and Knitscene’s usual sense of style and focus on simplicity, this issue will be a shelf-keeper for years to come

Looking for crochet patterns that echo current trends, but also have long-term wearability? They've got them in the Summer 2012 issue. Lacy cover-ups are perfectly suited to poolside or summer parties. Retro stripes grace crochet tops and dresses. Explore the Turkish edgings called oya, and adorn your own garments and home decor with a variety of crocheted edgings. Also, Maire Treanor's series on Clones lace continues with motifs for leaves and a winsome scroll. Twenty-two projects—some of which you'll want to make in several colors—will keep your hook engaged through the summer.  

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